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Cryptonym: LIERODE

Definition:
CIA photosurveillance and tapping operation targeting the Cuban embassy compound in Mexico City (see refs for confusion on this). It is the LIERODE operation which allegedly failed to obtain photos of Oswald due to a camera breakdown.
Status:
Documented
Sources:

Our Man in Mexico p.179

"The station's program of photographic surveillance of the Cuban diplomatic compound in Mexico City, called LIERODE, was housed in an apartment across the street."

Lopez Report p.301: Oswald, the CIA, and Mexico City (aka "Lopez Report")

"CIA cryptonym, pre-1964, for surveillance operation aimed at the Cubans in Mexico City."

104-10118-10432: AQUATIC/USE OF THE VLS-2 TRIGGER DEVICE AT THE LIERODE BASEHOUSE

11/7/63: Win Scott writes HQ to tell them that the camera focused on the Cuban consulate door is not working and that they need another one. It appears that there have been no photos at that door since the initial week, and none from Sept. 27 on.

104-10246-10027: PHOTO OPERATION TARGETED AGAINST THE CUBAN CONSULATE

RSG (Rodger S. Gabrielson) at the CIA concluded that the odds are remote that Oswald was photographed at the Cuban embassy, as they did not photo on Saturdays and his arrival on Friday was too late in the day for the shift at LIERODE.

104-10414-10363: DISPATCH-CONFUSION IN USE OF CRYPTONYMS

"The photosurveillance of PBRUMEN TPELIDE (the Cuban embassy) was put into effect using basehouse BAKER (LIERODE Base) at the same time that MKTRAP was actuated. This coverage, the basehouse, PBRUMEN TPELIDE, and the activity for which the cryptonym was first authorized have all been identified as LIERODE which has caused considerable confusion here at Headquarters." Also see this 1978 memo: "There seemed to be a confusion of cryptonyms by either or both Headquarters and the field. LIERODE was not a photographic project but was a teletap operation...HSCA has had access to the only photo coverage of the Cuban embassy for the period 27 September through 16 October 1963." http://www.maryferrell.org/showDoc.html?docId=39465&search=%22soviet_agent+who+furnishes+united+states+army%22#relPageId=6&tab=page

104-10118-10312: MEMO SUBJ: 22 JUN 78 HSCA REQUEST ON PHOTO COVERAGE OF CUBAN EMBASSY

HSCA has the only photo coverage for LIERODE, from 9/27/63 to 10/16/63. Copies of the TMs (transmission manifests) are not kept. Cannot find any copies of HMMW-12046 (Soviet intelligence matter of 10/31/63). Cannot find any copies of HMMA-22390 (ZRTAFFY cable sent from Mexico City to HQ on 10/25/63).

104-10189-10032: TECH ACTIVITY REPORT

Starting in 1960-61 "eight microphone/transmitter installations were made in (the Cuban embassy). These were called LIERODE installations. One of two were placed in the senior official's office at various times during this period. These installations were monitored from a truck (not the LIFIRE truck) and an apartment (basehouse Able) and later a second, closer apartment (basehouse Baker). Basehouse Baker was always referred to as the LIERODE base.

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MFF • Bill Simpich

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